●A Message from the Chair
Hello, everyone. This is YIRA Chairperson KURODA Mika. I’d like to thank you for visiting our web site.At YIRA, our aim is to carry out activities that promote international understanding and interaction for our citizens, as well as to support foreign residents in order to create a more multicultural society within the region. We have visitors of all ages, are supported by many volunteers, and are deeply thankful that we are able to continue our activities.
As of June 2020, there are over 700 foreign residents from over 40 countries living in Yonezawa. From supporting the residents in their Japanese studies, to hosting international exchange events for children, language exchange events, and events planned by our members, to translation and interpretation, there are many ways in which we interact with everyone. Each staff member makes use of their specialized knowledge here at YIRA, so we hope to see you soon!
In the midst of the coronavirus, many of our in-person events have been cancelled, but we will continue to hold online events and post announcements in multiple languages. In accordance with changed happening throughout society, we will always be thinking of things that we can do to help, and we also value the ideas and opinions of our members, so we hope to work together with you all in order to bring about a peaceful, multicultural society within the city. Feel free to knock on our door at any time.
July 30, 2020
KURODA Mika, Chairperson
Yonezawa City International Relations Association
YIRA stands for the Yonezawa City International Relations Association
YIRA was established on March 17th, 1996, with the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between people of different countries, and advancing international exchange among residents.
YIRA conducts the following activities:
(1) Investigation and research concerning international exchange.
(2) Collecting and distributing information about international exchange.
(3) Promoting understanding of international exchange.
(4) Activities supporting international residents.
(5) Coordinating activities of international exchange groups and volunteers.
(6) Other activities necessary to uphold the goals of the organization.